Police Charge Driver with Vehicular Homicide

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DATE/TIME: January 20, 2015 at 10:55 p.m.

LOCATION:              East Hillsborough Avenue and North Florida Avenue

SUSPECT:                 D’Angelo Howard, DOB: 1/30/1986, B/M, 3506 East 11th Avenue, Tampa    

DECEASED VICTIM:          David Martinez, DOB: 8/20/2000, H/M, 5318 Fernhill Court, Orlando

VICTIM #2:               Natalie Loya, DOB: 4/16/1992, H/F, Texas resident (Critical)

VICTIM #3:               Veronica Martinez, DOB: 11/1/1995, H/F, 5318 Fernhill Court, Orlando (Stable)

VICTIM #4:               Albert Martinez, DOB: 9/7/1971, H/M, 5318 Fernhill Court, Orlando (Stable)

VICTIM #5:               Irma Martinez, DOB: 5/26/1947, Texas resident (Stable)

VICTIM #6:               Ernesto Martinez, DOB: 1/20/1948, Texas resident (Stable)


Tampa Police officers arrested D’Angelo Howard for causing a crash that killed one victim and injured five others who were traveling inside of a minivan.  At approximately 10:55 p.m., the suspect was seen driving a Jeep Commander northbound on Florida Avenue at a high rate of speed.  Howard ran a red light at Hillsborough Avenue and crashed into a Honda Odyssey that was traveling eastbound on Hillsborough Avenue.  David Martinez was ejected from the minivan.  He was pronounced dead at the scene.  The victim was traveling with five of his family members who were transported to local hospitals.  The victim’s cousin, Natalie Loya, is currently in critical condition at St. Joseph’s Hospital.  Veronica Martinez (sister), Albert Martinez (father), Irma Martinez (grandmother) and Ernesto Martinez (grandfather) are currently listed in stable condition.  

The suspect was transported to St. Joseph’s Hospital, where officers took him into custody and charged him with vehicular homicide caused by reckless driving. 

The investigation is still ongoing.  Detectives are awaiting the results of a toxicology test to determine if Howard will face additional charges.

Approximately 10 minutes before the crash, a patrol officer spotted Howard driving recklessly near Nebraska Avenue and Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard.  The officer attempted to conduct a routine traffic stop, however the vehicle fled at a high rate of speed.  The officer did not pursue the vehicle based on department guidelines.  A BOLO was placed for the Jeep Commander.

Janelle McGregor